Moloch

[ moh-lok, mol-uh k ]
/ ˈmoʊ lɒk, ˈmɒl ək /

noun

a deity whose worship was marked by the propitiatory sacrifice of children by their own parents. II Kings 23:10; Jer. 32:35.
anything conceived of as requiring appalling sacrifice: the Moloch of war.
(lowercase) a spiny agamid lizard, Moloch horridus, of Australian deserts, that resembles the horned lizard.
Also Molech (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of Moloch

< Late Latin (Vulgate) Moloch < Greek (Septuagint) Móloch < Hebrew Mōlekh, variant of melekh king
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British Dictionary definitions for moloch (1 of 2)

moloch

/ (ˈməʊlɒk) /

noun

a spiny Australian desert-living lizard, Moloch horridus, that feeds on ants: family Agamidae (agamas)Also called: mountain devil, spiny lizard

British Dictionary definitions for moloch (2 of 2)

Moloch

Molech (ˈməʊlɛk)

/ (ˈməʊlɒk) /

noun

Old Testament a Semitic deity to whom parents sacrificed their children
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Culture definitions for moloch

Moloch

[ (moh-lok, mol-uhk) ]

A Canaanite idol who demanded the sacrifice of first-born children. The Old Testament prophets railed against the worship of Moloch by the Israelites.

Note

Moloch also appears as one of the fallen angels in Milton's Paradise Lost and as a malevolent figure in other allegorical works of literature.

Note

By extension, a “Moloch” is something that has the power to exact extreme sacrifice.
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